The purpose of this paper is to offer a contribution to the topic of earthquake-resistant construction techniques in Sicily in the nineteenth century, with particular reference to the building systems used after the earthquake that hit the Etna area between 20 February and 1 March 1818. Our research is based on an overlapping study of the bibliographic sources and archive documentation supported by direct analysis of the buildings. The aim is to delve into the building techniques used in the reconstruction by analysing a series of significant case studies. After examining the effects of the 1818 earthquake in the Etna area and its influence on the local technical culture, attention was placed on the systems used to reinforce and restore the buildings, highlighting some important innovations in determining anti-seismic project criteria aimed at decreasing the seismic vulnerability of buildings.

Earthquake-resistant Techniques in the Etna Area (Sicily) after the Earthquake of 1818

Federica Scibilia
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Attilio Mondello
2022

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to offer a contribution to the topic of earthquake-resistant construction techniques in Sicily in the nineteenth century, with particular reference to the building systems used after the earthquake that hit the Etna area between 20 February and 1 March 1818. Our research is based on an overlapping study of the bibliographic sources and archive documentation supported by direct analysis of the buildings. The aim is to delve into the building techniques used in the reconstruction by analysing a series of significant case studies. After examining the effects of the 1818 earthquake in the Etna area and its influence on the local technical culture, attention was placed on the systems used to reinforce and restore the buildings, highlighting some important innovations in determining anti-seismic project criteria aimed at decreasing the seismic vulnerability of buildings.
1818, earthquake-resistant construction techniques, restoration building, Sicily, traditional building techniques
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